JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian police on Saturday shot dead two suspects who were believed to have planned a mass suicide in the capital, police said, in what they said was the latest in a series of deadly attacks that have left at least 14 people dead in Indonesia in recent months.
The two men, identified as Murti and Ahmad Banyara, were found with guns and explosives in their vehicle and killed, police spokesman Hadi Pangbir said.
Authorities have identified the dead as Hani Tjahjanto, a police official who was killed in a gun battle, and his brother, Murto.
They were gunned down outside their apartment in Jakarta’s upscale Mulyang neighborhood, police added.
The suspects were shot dead by security forces, who had surrounded the apartment, Pangrir said, without giving further details.
In April, four Indonesian men, including a young woman, were killed in two separate attacks in Jakarta, which are believed to be the deadliest in the country in decades.
The attacks prompted a nationwide lockdown that ended a week later.
The deaths came less than two weeks after a series that included an attack in the Jakarta area that left three people dead and hundreds injured.
Police in the region also said two people were killed and 15 wounded in a knife attack on a police station on Friday.
The latest killings come just weeks after police in a suburb of the capital were accused of killing a teenage boy who they said had stabbed them.
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo on Saturday said he was “deeply saddened” by the latest violence.
Police spokesman Hedi Siti Purnomo told reporters in Jakarta that the suspect was killed at the scene.
“He was an accomplice of the crime, and the two other suspects were also killed,” he said.
Authorities did not provide a motive for the attack.
Last month, at least 15 people were injured in two days of unrest that began when police shot dead a protester who threw stones at them, killing five people.
An Associated Press reporter saw a police vehicle in front of the suspect’s apartment.
A woman was shot in the face and the leg by a police officer after a shootout that erupted in Jakarta.
The police later said the woman was being treated in a hospital.
Three weeks ago, two other suspected members of a suicide bombing cell were arrested, but no charges were filed.
Earlier this month, a suicide bomber targeted a mosque in Jakarta with a car bomb and a gun, killing more than 20 people and wounding hundreds.